But it’s important to remember that while the first Contract with America was an important political document that captured the imaginations and emotions of Republicans and conservatives, it was largely a document about process and changing the way Congress operated. We don’t need another document about process; the times we are in call for documents about principle – ideally conservative principles – and policies that affirmatively represent the desires of the majority of Americans who, when polled, now claim to be conservative leaning.
I spent a good amount of time scanning about for such a document. There are, of course, a number of books you might turn to. There are also interesting ideas presented by groups like Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity, and of course the old reliables, like the Heritage Foundation and Hillsdale College. But in terms of a political document, the one I found most interesting was the one that is now not widely available to the vast majority of Americans, and it’s housed in perhaps the least likely place: the House Republican Policy Committee.
The Policy Committee is comprised of the elected and appointed Republican leadership; the ranking members of five key committees (Appropriations, Budget, Commerce, Rules, and Ways and Means); representatives elected from each of the nation’s regions; three Representatives elected by the two newest classes of Members; and at-large members appointed by the Republican Leader. Right now, it’s chaired by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11), who has increasingly been making a name for himself as a spokesman for conservatives across the country, and it’s McCotter who wrote the "Who we are and what we believe" document, which was circulated to his fellow House Republicans.
My only question isn’t so much why McCotter wrote it, but why it isn’t being shared more broadly, since the document, entitled "We the People: Wide Awake For Our Newest Birth of Freedom" recently was made available on the policy committee website http://republicanhousepolicy.com/we-people-wide-awake. It should be required reading for every office holder, candidate and person who wants to be politically active across our entire nation.
But more important, a document that lays out such principles as: Our liberty is from God not the government; our sovereignty is in our souls not the soil; our security is from strength not surrender; our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector; and. our truths are self-evident not relative, deserves to be shared with all conservatives committed to seeing a resurgence in the Republican Party and a return to the party’s conservative roots.